MY TESTIMONY – Part 1 (Salvation)

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

It began in the 1980’s. We lived across the street from a Catholic Church and one evening I happened to be looking out my front door. I saw a crowd of people gathering and it was apparent that some of them were ill. Something unusual was going on and it piqued my interest. I found out later that the people were there for a “charismatic healing Mass.” I had never heard of such a thing. My teenage son had asthma so I was eager to know what the healing Mass was all about. Through further inquiry we found out that there was a Catholic priest who traveled from parish to parish conducting healing Masses. The next time he came to our church we went to the Mass. This was the beginning of our misguided  journey through the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

As a result of our involvement in the renewal, my husband and I became:

1. Devoted to the Mass.  (The Mass continues the Sacrifice of the Cross. Each time the Mass is offered, the Sacrifice of Christ is repeated. The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism, pages 5, 7, 162, 168, 171, 182, 254, Official Revised Edition, No. 2, Catholic Book Publishing Co., NY)

2. Devoted to worship of the “host”.  (The “host” is the communion bread. The priest said the bread was Jesus. That is idolatry.)

3. Devoted to Mary. (The renewal promoted the rosary, and the global apparitions of “Mary”, especially the most recent ones in Medjugorje, Bosnia. These apparitions were bringing forth “messages” for the world to hear. We began to proclaim these “messages” to others not realizing that they contradicted the bible and teachings of Jesus. We became “evangelists for Mary!”)

We did these things because we did not know the scriptures.

Hebrews 10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

Romans 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

One day I asked God if I was doing anything wrong. I wanted to do what was right in God’s eyes and was willing to turn away from whatever He showed me to be sin. That prayer was answered through a series of events. True believers witnessed to me, clearly showing me Rome’s errors. I was encouraged to seek truth by reading the Bible, which I did. As I read the Bible, and prayed for understanding, it was as if a light bulb went on in my head. I understood, for the first time, my sinful condition and my need for forgiveness. I understood that Jesus alone was my Savior and the Savior of the whole world. I realized that receiving the “sacraments” could not save anyone. I learned from Scripture that the “sacrifice of the Mass”, the worship of the “communion bread”, and praying to “Mary” (or any dead person) were heretical and idolatrous teachings, and would certainly damn my soul to hell!

I realized that the “Mary” which was appearing to people around the world was not the real Mary but rather a demonic counterfeit spirit. I knew the “messages” this “spirit” was proclaiming clearly contradicted the Word of God, and the teachings of Jesus Christ. I prayed that if God would continue to give me understanding concerning the truth of His Word, I would follow Him wherever that truth would lead me. I had been deceived by false teaching. I thought I was headed for heaven when in reality I was headed for hell and didn’t even know it. I thought I knew Chris but I didn’t know Him at all!

When I was born again and knew the truth I repented of my involvement in the Roman Catholic Church and it’s charismatic renewal. I could not stay there and at the same time be faithful and obedient to Jesus Christ and His Word.

As I sought truth, I learned a biblical principle in 2 Kings 17:33,34. That principle is that the true God cannot be worshiped in our own way nor in an idolatrous way. If that’s what we are doing we are not worshiping the true God at all. It is mixture and is nothing more than a mongrel religion.  (Matthew Henry Commentary:  Assemblies that worship God in spirit and in truth are the Israel of God; assemblies that either worship false gods, or the true God in a false manner, are the synagogues of Satan: though they may profess to be the only people of God, their profession is a lie.)

2 Kings 17:33, 34 They feared the LORD, and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence. Unto this day they do after the former manners: they fear not the LORD, neither do they after their statutes, or after their ordinances, or after the law and commandment which the LORD commanded the children of Jacob, whom he named Israel;

My life has never been the same since I was born again, born of the Holy Spirit. It’s not that my life is free from trouble, but there is a constant deep peace and joy that can only come from God. The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ, is called the Comforter, the Teacher and the Spirit of Truth. I often want to tell people that all they could ever want, all the peace, joy, love and comfort they could ever dream of can found in the real Lord Jesus Christ and that is true even in our darkest hour.

Isaiah 55:6-7 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

Psalms 50:15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

Continued  …

MY TESTIMONY – Part 2

About Cathy

I am a born again Christian, saved in 1988 at the age of 38. My mother was born again in her old age, in her 80's. Her name is Giannina which means "God is gracious."
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14 Responses to MY TESTIMONY – Part 1 (Salvation)

  1. Cathy says:

    Hi Mary,

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment.

    I can so relate to what you say. I remember before I was saved, someone mentioned giving a Bible to a woman I knew that was dying of leukemia. I was so into Mary that when I heard the word Bible it sounded so strange to me and it meant absolutely nothing. Yet if you had asked me if I believed in Jesus I would have told you yes! I didn’t know it was “another” Jesus I was believing in and not the real Jesus.

    I can also relate to what you say about being looked upon as an alien.

    And it’s so sad that many if not most in the organized church seem to have no clue about, nor compassion for, the lost condition of the Roman Catholic.

    When the Lord was drawing me to Himself and I was reading testimonies of true Christians my first thought was that the Jesus they testified of was someone I didn’t know, but I wanted to know Him whom they spoke of.

    James Caviezel is a Roman Catholic and very into the unbiblical apparitions of “Mary” in Medjugorje. That is what my husband and I were delivered from. The movie itself has very Roman Catholic overtones and could be used to draw many in the wrong direction towards Rome.

    Regardless of what people say about loving Jesus etc. etc., the final word is the bible which tells us …

    Isa 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

    We are not intolerant as some suppose or suggest, but rather our desire is to draw these precious lost souls to the Lord by sharing the true gospel with them. We’ll take our lumps if we have to (and we’ve had to) when we are misunderstood or persecuted for the Lord’s sake. Thank you for the encouragement because I certainly am motivated by love. Love is not silent about truth that can keep a soul out of hell and bring them to heaven.

    Be encouraged and keep standing for Him!

    Blessings,

  2. Mary says:

    Hi Cathy,

    Thank you for your testimony. God is so good and able to save. I too am a former catholic and encountered much confusion and bondage when I began to question if I were truly going to heaven. Though I was never a devout catholic. When I began to listen to protestant Bible teachers it made so much sense. The Jesus of the Bible was so different from the Jesus of catholicism. I remember after I was saved I went back to my former catholic church with Bible in hand. People looked at me with my Bible like I was an alien.

    I was wondering what you thought of actor Jim Cavesel (I think I’m spelling his name wrong. ) I hate to say it but I think many people from protestant backgrounds are being seriously deceived by “The Passion of The Christ”. I pray for Jim Cavesel – he seems so sincere and such a nice guy. But if the Lord spoke to him regarding the making of the movie, you’d think God would say “Hey Jim, get out of the idolatrous roman church you’re in and repent from all that idolatry and get a real Bible.”

    I agree, many protestants don’t understand how deceptive and dark catholicism is. And I’m thankful for people like you who can lovingly expose the lies. When I was still in catholic and a teenager, many well meaning christians just were not loving at all. I was spiritually searching but they drove me back into catholicism because they came across as really insensitive. So I am thankful that former catholics may be alittle more understanding and effective in reaching those who are lost in deception.

  3. Cathy says:

    Hi Scotti,

    Good to hear from you … thanks for stopping by.

    I too pray for those in my family who do not know the Lord. My heart weeps for them. What else can I say. I thank the Lord for giving me His peace. We will continue to pray, and hope, that one day soon we will see genuine conversions.

    Blessings to you and yours …

  4. Scotti says:

    Praise the Lord for His amazing work in your life!
    I also have Catholic roots but the Holy Spirit opened the eyes of my heart to the Truth of the gospel. I am praying continually for loved ones trapped in false teachings.

    God bless you for sharing His love in this way.
    Scotti

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  6. Cathy says:

    Thank God for your open heart. It’s such a grief that so many reject truth. Praise God for your salvation!

    Blessings,

  7. DoubleGrace says:

    Cathy, I am ex Roman Catholic too. I found your link through Miriam Franklin’s site. I had to write to tell you, that when I give my testimony, I also use the phrase, “a lightbulb went on in my head”. I was alone reading a Christian book about prophecy, though I wasn’t saved but into new age and also Catholic. The book itself didn’t convince me so much as the scripture in the book. When I read the actual scripture, I realized it was true and and I could go to hell. So what was I going to do? Got saved , I believe, that night when I prayed to God that I didn’t want to be a “goat” but a “sheep”. Thanks for your post. I’ve only read part 1 but want to read more when I have time.

  8. Cathy says:

    Praise the Lord!

  9. jay says:

    Hi,

    I can really relate to your testimony.

    I rejected roman catholocism when I was young. I knew in my heart that God was not really found there.

    Later, I finally seeked God and He found me. I repented, and cryed out to Him and He heard me and gave me the Holy Spirit.

    Now, I am a Bible believing Christian. I put my complete faith in HIS work on the cross.

    I now know that the Marian dogmas of the romish religion are actually “antichrist”. To believe that Mary was “herself immaculately conceived” is antichrist, for it “denys that Christ is come in the flesh”.

    jay

  10. Kimita says:

    | July 11, 2007 |

    Wow! Great testimony! It’s quite similar to mine since I am also a former Catholic. However, God used my Catholicism to show me the TRUTH – that Jesus Christ is THE only Lord and Savior! Not the Catholic church, not a priest, not Mary.

    Thanks for being so honest!

  11. Cathy says:

    Thank you for your comment, and for your encouraging words. I just wrote and posted a continuation of this testimony today.

    Blessings,

  12. faithcatalyst says:

    I have just come across your testimony – excellent and courageous. No doubt there will be many who remain back where you were and who will not understand, but it’s a good testimony whether or not they can understand. The false things that people hold onto are sad aren’t they. The testimony of life transformation that came to you cannot be questioned. Excellent!

  13. Cathy says:

    Thank you for stopping by. Please do visit again.

  14. Bryan says:

    I appreciate your testimony and the work you have put into your blog site. When I have time I plan to visit again. It appears you have done a lot of thinking on some important issues.

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